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Golden couple enjoy 50 years of married life

Steve and Sheila Porteus, of Bailiff Bridge, wed in 1964 at St Pauls Church, King Cross, Halifax, after four years of courtship, aged just 21 and 20

Steve and Sheila Porteus, of Bailiff Bridge, wed in 1964 at St Pauls Church, King Cross, Halifax, after four years of courtship, aged just 21 and 20

A Calderdale couple who met in 1960 are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.

Steve and Sheila Porteus, of Bailiff Bridge, wed 50 years-ago today, on March 28, 1964, at St Paul’s Church, King Cross, Halifax, after four years of courtship, and aged just 21 and 20.

The loving couple said the secret to a successful marriage is all about compromise.

Mrs Porteus, 70, originally of King Cross, Halifax, said: “It’s about give and take and knowing when to bite your tongue.”

Brighouse born Steve Porteus, 71, worked as a joiner at Marshall’s, Elland, throughout married life right until retirement in 2002, at the milestone age of 60.

Sheila worked at Mackintoshes factory in Halifax, before running a sewing stall in Halifax’s Westgate Market.

Mr and Mrs Porteus brought their first daughter, Julie, into the world in 1966, and Tina was born in 1968.

Their daughters made Steve and Sheila the proud grandparents of Jamie, Lewis, Stacey and Josh.

Granddaughter Stacey, who contacted the Courier to surprise her grandparents, said: “It’s amazing they’ve been married for 50 years - God knows how as they drive each other crazy! But, when I get married, I hope I can look back after 50 years and be as happily married as they are.”

 

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